Falkirk 1 - 0 Dumbarton

League - Championship
Saturday, December 26th, 2015, 3:00 PM at Falkirk Stadium
Attendance: 4,013
Referee: Euan Anderson
Falkirk v Dumbarton, Dec 26th 2015, Falkirk Stadium
Falkirk Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
Blair Alston (36) None.

Team Managers
Peter Houston Stevie Aitken

Starting Eleven
Danny Rogers
Aaron Muirhead
David McCracken
P Grant
Luke Leahy
Blair Alston
Will Vaulks
Mark Kerr
Craig Sibbald
K O'Hara
John Baird
Mark Brown
Frazer Wright
Darren Barr
Mark Docherty
Steven Saunders
Grant Gallagher
Jordan Kirkpatrick
Jamie Lindsay
Jon Routledge
Garry Fleming
Kevin Cawley

Bench
R Sinnamon
G Bowman
D Smith
Lee Miller
Alex Cooper
R Blair
P Watson
Jamie Ewings
Calum Waters
Gregor Buchanan
Willie Gibson
Donald McCallum
Scott Brown
Steven Craig

Substitutions
Lee Miller for K O'Hara (65)
Craig Sibbald for D Smith (81)
R Blair for John Baird (90)
Scott Brown for Steven Saunders (53)
Donald McCallum for Kevin Cawley (77)
Calum Waters for Jordan Kirkpatrick (87)

Bookings
None. Steven Saunders (39)
Darren Barr (52)
Grant Gallagher (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 23 apps -
Frazer Wright 12 apps -
Darren Barr 21 apps2 goals
Mark Docherty 20 apps1 goal
Steven Saunders 9 apps3 goals
Grant Gallagher 23 apps4 goals
Jordan Kirkpatrick 76 apps12 goals
Jamie Lindsay 12 apps -
Jon Routledge 23 apps -
Garry Fleming 124 apps22 goals
Kevin Cawley 20 apps2 goals
Calum Waters (sub) 11 apps1 goal
Donald McCallum (sub) 12 apps3 goals
Scott Brown (sub) 15 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jamie Lindsay (20 years 81 days)
Oldest Player:Frazer Wright (36 years 12 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 253 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Donald McCallum (19 years 94 days)
Oldest Player:Frazer Wright (36 years 12 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 46 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

THIS was Dumbarton's third 1-0 league defeat of the season. They've all been away to teams in blue.

At Raith Rovers and Queen of the South, there was some sign of recovery to claim a point, however late in the game.

But in this Boxing Day clash, Sons could have played against Falkirk for the remainder of 2015 and chances are former colleague Danny Rogers could have maintained his clean sheet.

The difference may only have been a single Blair Alston goal for the Bairns eight minutes from half time, but the hosts could have won by more.

Rogers' only save wasn't even really a chance for the visitors. It was a Jamie Lindsay cross, with the game still goalless, which the keeper clutched just before it could dip under the crossbar.

Sons have just taken seven points out of nine from three fixtures which will have a greater say in their season than this one will. And unless Livingston beat Falkirk on Tuesday 29th Dec, Stevie Aitken's team will finish the calendar year in seventh place.

But the attacking threat needed to shock the promotion-chasing clubs wasn't there in this game. And with more such opposition ahead in the coming weeks, they will hope for that to change.

In difficult conditions, the game took time to get going, and after David McCracken headed wide for Falkirk, Sons threatened.

Kevin Cawley's low ball from the goal line almost found Lindsay but a defender got there just in time to clear. The resulting corner saw Lindsay send in the cross that bent towards goal only for Rogers to save.

Then John Baird, scorer of a hat-trick when the sides last met, could have bagged a double in quick succession here.

However, Mark Brown was equal to both efforts, along with a low shot by Will Vaulks, who scored Falkirk's winner against Rangers last week.

Then, eight minutes from half time, Falkirk were awarded a free kick near the corner of the area. With Sons still organising the defence, Alston crashed home a 20-yard shot.

Baird again went close just minutes later, but Frazer Wright made an excellent block at close range.

With half time drawing close, the ball fell to Jordan Kirkpatrick 12 yards out, but his volleyed shot was wide.

Within the opening five minutes of the second half, two further telling contributions by Wright prevented Falkirk from extending their lead and surely putting the game to bed.

He again blocked from Baird at close range, while soon afterwards the striker was sent clear only for Wright to challenge as he lined up a shot.

The second half saw both teams struggle for any rhythm. Kirkpatrick did have an opportunity for Sons but his shot from distance missed the target.

With time running out, Brown again kept Baird out, this time with a fine close range save, before also denying Peter Grant from the loose ball.

By now it was apparent it wasn't going to happen for Baird.

But even in 'Chris Kane time', established at the Falkirk Stadium last season, it didn't happen for Dumbarton either.

Match report by Andy Galloway



Photography by Donald Fullarton

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